You may have experienced it, your Android phone screen suddenly stops responding to touch input and you can’t do anything with the device until you restart it or wait for it to spontaneously start working again.
Fortunately, there are several ways to troubleshoot the problem and get your touchscreen back in action as quickly as possible, no matter what model of phone you have or what software version it runs on.
Today, we’ll teach you how to fix unresponsive touch screen Android phones by going over both hardware and software solutions that work in most cases.
Reasons Behind Unresponsive Touch Screen Android Phone
Maybe a recent app you downloaded is causing problems. For example, if you’ve recently installed a game or fitness tracker, be sure to uninstall it immediately if it has caused your touchscreen not to work.
These types of apps can be really resource-intensive and make using your device a nightmare; they will more than likely bog down even high-end phones.
Another possible cause is that you have some background app running (that isn’t related to updating) that is draining CPU power from other processes—including input from your touchpad.
This type of situation happens when users don’t know how their devices function and are just trying out different settings in order to solve problems.
This practice is dangerous because it can cause additional issues, even if it temporarily solves another.
Don’t panic! Section: Check if there are updates available
It’s possible that there is a software update available for your phone or tablet. To check if there are any updates available, go to Settings > About Phone/Tablet > System Updates.
|If there are any new updates available, select Install Updates. It may take a while for your device to install these new updates. You will be prompted with a notification when it has finished installing them.|
If there are any new updates available, select Install Updates. It may take a while for your device to install these new updates. You will be prompted with a notification when it has finished installing them.
If you don’t have enough space on your device to download and install an update, you can remove some apps or files to free up some space.
If you don’t have enough storage space to update your device, check if deleting some of your photos or videos would free up enough space.
To delete photos or videos from Google Photos: Go to Google Photos > Menu > Settings > Free Up Space. To delete photos or videos from other photo apps: Open the app and find photos that you want to delete.
Restart the device
If your device is unresponsive, restarting it might help. To do so, hold down either volume button and then press and hold down on both power buttons for 10 seconds.
This should reboot your device and solve any responsiveness issues. You can also try restarting it in Safe Mode, or you can easily hold down the power button and select the restart option.
Restarting won’t delete anything from your device, so you don’t need to worry about losing anything important.
It also isn’t a permanent solution and sometimes a restart just isn’t enough. For those times, there are a few more things you can try…
Power down and take out any case or external cover: Take out any cases or covers that are attached and power down your device before trying to turn it back on again.
Remove the back case, battery, and microSD card
Before disassembling a device, it’s always best to turn it off and remove any removable batteries. The last thing you want is for something like static electricity from a battery or microSD card to get into your motherboard.
Unscrew each of these components, being careful not to apply too much pressure that could damage any of them.
It is especially important to be gentle with the small ribbon cables connecting things like cameras or speakers — if you break one of these, it can cost $50-$100 just for a replacement cable alone.
The back case usually comes off by holding two opposite corners and prying evenly; use flat screwdrivers or spudgers instead of your fingers so you don’t scratch up anything.
The battery can often be pried out with a spudger, but sometimes requires a screwdriver if it’s glued in place.
Clean up with the safe mode
If you’ve tried everything else and are still having trouble, a factory reset will do it. Before you do that, though, boot your device into safe mode by holding down both volume buttons and power buttons while turning it on.
(You may have to hold them for a few seconds before anything happens.) Safe mode disables third-party apps so you can see if one of them is causing problems; after that, delete apps one at a time until you find out which one caused all of your trouble.
Then, go ahead and do a factory reset! You’ll need to back up any data before doing that—or use Google’s cloud backup for just about everything.
Pull out the SIM card
If a dropped device has fallen into the water, remove and pull out its SIM card. The contact points on most SIM cards are only covered by a thin layer of plastic, so letting them dry in the open air can make all the difference.
If you’re not sure how to take it out, look for instructions inside your phone’s back cover or underneath its battery (if it has one). Otherwise, put your device in a bag of rice overnight; that should do it.
If you’re still having trouble after a day, consider blowing air into your phone’s speaker port.
Let it dry naturally overnight if fallen into the water
Getting a wet cell phone is a bad thing. It doesn’t matter if it fell into a lake or just took a splash while you were washing dishes, they’re not exactly water-resistant.
If there are indicators that you’ve submerged your device in water, take it off of any charger and do not turn it back on for at least 24 hours.
Letting it sit for so long allows time for any liquid inside of it to dry up before you try and use it again; if you don’t, there’s a risk that those little pockets of moisture can freeze during extended periods of non-use and cause more damage when everything warms up again.
What do you do when your Android touch screen stops working?
There are a number of things you can do in order to get your touch screen working again. Try restarting your device: just hit the Power button and then hold it for several seconds until it switches off and then switch it back on.
If that doesn’t work, try cleaning up those dirty fingers: clean under your fingernails before touching anything or use a soft cloth to wipe them down with some rubbing alcohol.
If you’re using a case or cover with openings for ports, take it off, as these may cause interference or issues with touch functionality.
Also, be sure not to clean anything but only use dry cloths or cotton buds with no liquids at all. You can also remove any screen protectors you have applied as these may cause interference if they are too thick.
Control Phone With Facial or Voice Movements
We have all experienced that moment when a smartphone is completely unresponsive. The applications stop responding, and nothing will make it respond.
This can be really frustrating for both novice and expert users of smartphones. The good news is that there are ways in which one can easily rectify such issues without needing professional help from experts.
Here is how you do it In case your touchscreen does not respond, first ensure that you have updated all applications running on your device.
If updating does not work, reboot your device. If still nothing works, then try restarting it again by pressing down on the power button for about 15 seconds or until a pop-up window appears asking if you want to shut down or restart your device.
After doing so, wait for at least 5 minutes before turning it back on again. Once done, try using your touchscreen once more and see if it responds properly now or not.
How do I calibrate my Android touch screen?
If you’re having trouble with your touchscreen, here are a few troubleshooting steps you can take: First and foremost, try resetting your phone.
This process varies depending on what device you have
And if that doesn’t work, check out our complete guide above to fixing touch screens. Also, remember that iOS devices like iPhones and iPods aren’t responsive to calibration and general touchscreen issues.
So make sure you’re working with an Android-based smartphone or tablet before reading further. If it’s not clear from these troubleshooting steps, then we recommend you take your device for repair at any of the Best Buy stores or authorized repair centers close to you.